A nucleus colony (aka nuc) is small complete colony of honeybees. It contains 5 frames of drawn foundation which contains a laying queen, nurse bees, workers and drones. The frames have either brood ( eggs, larvae, sealed brood ), or have honey and pollen in them as part of the working colony. We raise our own queens which are from: Ontario Buckfast or Purdue Leg-chewer Carniolan, both are crossed with Pennsylvania survivor stock. The Purdue Leg-chewer stock is of limited quantity, and early orders will be ready by April 25, 2017. We are producing in limited qty and second batch of late-May Nucs.
Yes, you can pre-order for late-May NUCS for 2017,
All EARLY April Nucs are SOLD OUT!
Orders received BEFORE April 10, should be ready by May 25.
Other later orders ready by June 15.
For more details on the genetics refer to the work we did w/ the USDA SARE grant program (google "Pennsylvania queen bee improvement", or "Mite Biting Behavior", and facebook: Heartland Honey Bee Breeders Coop)
Queen are available after June 1, 2017. We prioritize nuc customers first, then sell the queens. Your order is placed in line based on your payment date, so "First in - First out" the door. You can pre-pay using the shopping cart below.
You can also make a deposit for your nucs using this website.
WE DO NOT SHIP. YOU HAVE TO PICK UP OR ARRANGE DELIVERY.